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(Alaska Dispatch)   If you're making a Volkswagen commercial and you're pretending that Vallejo, California is really Fairbanks, Alaska, could you at least add more snow?   (alaskadispatch.com) divider line 39
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2013-06-10 08:22:54 AM  
I'm pretend subby didn't fail English.
 
2013-06-10 08:23:16 AM  
FTFA:  Wu told the Times Herald. "Plus, why go to Canada if we can do Alaska and a lot of other things here?"

Um....
 
2013-06-10 08:25:15 AM  
Is there snow on the ground in Fairbanks 24/7/365?

And it isn't like it is uncommon for a crew to shoot a scene somewhere other than the place it is set. Always makes me shake my head when people complain about this.
 
2013-06-10 08:29:27 AM  
Also, less sun.
 
2013-06-10 08:33:13 AM  
I met a Mexican at the bus station when I was traveling northwards from San Diego to Portland. We got talking and struck up a friendship right away. He was visiting his brother who ran a cattle ranch near Vallejo. He invited me to come visit, and I accepted. It was still early morning and I was starved.

We stepped off the bus at the Vallejo bus depot and I paid for a cab out to his brother's plot. I saw him jogging out to the gate to meet us, hands raw from milking the cows in the crisp morning air. He hugged his brother and gave me a firm handshake and we went in.

That morning I had myself a helping of huevos rancheros.

Later we had breakfast and I had an omelette with salsa.
 
2013-06-10 08:33:52 AM  

ZackDanger: FTFA:  Wu told the Times Herald. "Plus, why go to Canada if we can do Alaska and a lot of other things here?"

Um....


In his defense, he's coming at it from a scouting angle. He's thinking that there is no way in hell they'd schlep all the way to Alaska. So the next closest thing to Alaska is Canada. BC/Vancouver have become quite a popular filming location in the past decade for TV/movies. So he naturally will have that in mind as the number one alternative to Alaska. The order of locations from a pure aesthetic desirability (not including cost weightings) is probably:

1. Canada
2. Washington/Northern CA
3. Southern CA
....
99. Alaska
 
2013-06-10 08:35:41 AM  

Arkanaut: Also, less sun.


Not during the summertime....

But, the angle of lighting and color temperature is just off. It definitely had the look of SoCal.
 
2013-06-10 08:37:17 AM  

ongbok: Is there snow on the ground in Fairbanks 24/7/365?

And it isn't like it is uncommon for a crew to shoot a scene somewhere other than the place it is set. Always makes me shake my head when people complain about this.


Almost.  God, winter didn't want to let go this year.  But if we're really lucky, we'll have almost 3 full months without snow this year!   Stupid Fairbanks.  Stupid humanity.  You'd think we'd come up with a way to cure snow or something if we're all so smart an "adaptable".  (Works better when read as Homer Simpson, I think)
 
2013-06-10 08:38:23 AM  
We've all seen Northern Exposure, Alaska in the winter means lots of snow and no one goes outside and Alaska in the summer means moose in street.  Director nailed it.  If this was the 90's.
 
2013-06-10 08:39:09 AM  

ongbok: Is there snow on the ground in Fairbanks 24/7/365?

And it isn't like it is uncommon for a crew to shoot a scene somewhere other than the place it is set. Always makes me shake my head when people complain about this.


Also Fairbanks has more than three trees. There are a lot of places(even in California) that look a hell of a lot more like Fairbanks than Vallejo.
 
2013-06-10 08:53:35 AM  

puckrock2000: I'm pretend subby didn't fail English.


And now the modmins fixed the headline, so my comment no longer makes sense.
 
2013-06-10 08:53:50 AM  
I guess it's better than that Cedar Rapids movie (2011) that used the Philadelphia skyline as its backdrop.

media.philly.com
 
2013-06-10 09:14:02 AM  
AverageAmericanGuy:
I met a Mexican at the bus station when I was traveling northwards from San Diego to Portland. We got talking and struck up a friendship right away. He was visiting his brother who ran a cattle ranch near Vallejo. He invited me to come visit, and I accepted. It was still early morning and I was starved.

We stepped off the bus at the Vallejo bus depot and I paid for a cab out to his brother's plot. I saw him jogging out to the gate to meet us, hands raw from milking the cows in the crisp morning air. He hugged his brother and then shot me with tranquilizer darts.

Little did I know that these two were actually being controlled by an alien symbiote and were "gathering" potentials.  His brother's hands weren't raw from milking as I first thought.  The damage was caused by the tedious work of stripping the failed experiments of their flesh for analysis.  Our visitors need compatible hosts and will do everything in their power to ensure the domination of other worlds.

I don't know how much time I have.  I've been compliant and have earned their trust.  So I have more freedom of movement than the other participants.  This will likely be my first, last, and only posting.  They know everything.

//With apologies to AverageAmericanGuy.  Seemed like a great start to a pulp story.
 
2013-06-10 09:28:42 AM  

BunkyBrewman: I guess it's better than that Cedar Rapids movie (2011) that used the Philadelphia skyline as its backdrop.

[media.philly.com image 400x340]


Wow... I've spent some time in Cedar Rapids. That shot looks painfully bad. IIRC (my visit was in 1995), they had a sparsity of big buildings spread out like my own nearby Flint, MI, along with that oats plant in the middle of town.

Also, how do you translate that god-awful oatmeal smell into film, anyway?
 
2013-06-10 09:40:47 AM  

gadian: ongbok: Is there snow on the ground in Fairbanks 24/7/365?

And it isn't like it is uncommon for a crew to shoot a scene somewhere other than the place it is set. Always makes me shake my head when people complain about this.

Almost.  God, winter didn't want to let go this year.  But if we're really lucky, we'll have almost 3 full months without snow this year!   Stupid Fairbanks.  Stupid humanity.  You'd think we'd come up with a way to cure snow or something if we're all so smart an "adaptable".  (Works better when read as Homer Simpson, I think)


Last time I was up there was 4 years ago hauling a load of steel out to Chena for my dad in a truck with no air conditioning.  It was 91 degrees outside, 104 in the cab.  Thought I was going to pass out.  Ended up pulling over and rolling around in a creek next to the road just to get my core temp down.
 
2013-06-10 09:42:36 AM  

kidgenius: Arkanaut: Also, less sun.

Not during the summertime....

But, the angle of lighting and color temperature is just off. It definitely had the look of SoCal.


Nah, it looks like much of the "north and east of S.F." area.
 
2013-06-10 10:22:10 AM  
If they were planning to film in Vallejo, they should have had pirates.
 
2013-06-10 10:50:08 AM  
They did something like that when they opened up the new plant in Chattanooga to build the Passat.  Apparently the guys in Wolfsburg thought Chattanooga was in a mountainous dessert instead of a somewhat mountainous but not quite that mountainous humid sub-tropical temperate zone filled with trees and plants and stuff.


graphics8.nytimes.com
 
2013-06-10 11:08:25 AM  

ZodiacMan: They did something like that when they opened up the new plant in Chattanooga to build the Passat.  Apparently the guys in Wolfsburg thought Chattanooga was in a mountainous dessert instead of a somewhat mountainous but not quite that mountainous humid sub-tropical temperate zone filled with trees and plants and stuff.


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The only argument I have with JUSTIFIED is they're trying to pass off California as the coal mining hills of Kentucky. (guffaw)

Let's hear from Master Drew how much the coal hills of Kaintuck resemble Pasadena, Santa Clarita and Los Angels' oak-studded grassy hills?
 
2013-06-10 11:19:03 AM  
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What Italy may look like
 
2013-06-10 11:31:56 AM  
As someone who's headed to Vallejo this morning, I'm getting a kick...

Actually, no. Vallejo sucks. When the motto of your tourism bureau is: "Vallejo: close to everything!" you're basically admitting that there's no reason to go there.

Still, they got to have a VW commercial filmed there, so someone must be doing something right. Probably involving massive tax incentives.
 
2013-06-10 11:54:04 AM  

kidgenius: Arkanaut: Also, less sun.

Not during the summertime....

But, the angle of lighting and color temperature is just off. It definitely had the look of SoCal.


Because that's where Vallejo is.
 
2013-06-10 11:57:46 AM  
that pretty girl sure makes that car look fine.
 
2013-06-10 12:38:49 PM  
fbxrd
 
2013-06-10 01:14:37 PM  
In his defense, he's coming at it from a scouting angle. He's thinking that there is no way in hell they'd schlep all the way to Alaska.

Fine, don't schlep everything all the way up here to film, but at least send 1 guy for a few days to look around and take some pictures and talk to the tourism people about what someone in AK is  likely to see. This is just careless, sloppy work.

Vallejo sucks. When the motto of your tourism bureau is: "Vallejo: close to everything!" you're basically admitting that there's no reason to go there.

When I first came up here to go to school, the brochure said something along the lines of "equidistant from the worlds greatest cities!". Which means 'as far away from civilization as you can get!'
 
2013-06-10 01:21:02 PM  
If you're making a Volkswagen commercial and you're pretending that Vallejo, California is really Fairbanks, Alaska, could you at least add more snow and more gun shots?

FTFY
 
2013-06-10 01:22:00 PM  
erm....less gun shots.


see, Vallejo has more guns shots than Alaksa....oh nevermind.
 
2013-06-10 02:53:25 PM  

kidgenius: It definitely had the look of SoCal.


except that it is NorCal.
 
2013-06-10 04:15:31 PM  

cannotsuggestaname: kidgenius: It definitely had the look of SoCal.

except that it is NorCal.


As an extremely recent transplant to Livermore, I'm still trying to figure out how "practically the middle of the goddamn state" is "north" California.  There's still a crapload more California north of there!
 
2013-06-10 04:36:29 PM  

Lachwen: cannotsuggestaname: kidgenius: It definitely had the look of SoCal.

except that it is NorCal.

As an extremely recent transplant to Livermore, I'm still trying to figure out how "practically the middle of the goddamn state" is "north" California.  There's still a crapload more California north of there!


NorCal:
Northern California is the northern portion of the U.S. state of California. The San Francisco Bay Area, and Sacramento as well as its metropolitan area are the main population centers.

Population: 13.23 million (2000)
 
2013-06-10 04:39:56 PM  
also see this:

upload.wikimedia.org

I'm pretty sure that NorCal vs SoCal was created as a differentiator between population centers, not between the size of the state.
 
2013-06-10 05:23:03 PM  

Lachwen: cannotsuggestaname: kidgenius: It definitely had the look of SoCal.

except that it is NorCal.

As an extremely recent transplant to Livermore, I'm still trying to figure out how "practically the middle of the goddamn state" is "north" California.  There's still a crapload more California north of there!


The Nor is short for "North of the grapevine". The natural barrier that walls off LA.
How do you like livermore? I've lived in pleasanton for a long time. I spend alot of my free time there
 
2013-06-10 05:23:38 PM  
If they wanted to air an ad showing Fairbanks in the summer, they would have had to do it last summer.  If the ad is airing now, then they must have filmed it in the last month or so.  Just one problem: Fairbanks deals with icy roads by using gravel.  As nice as breakup season feels, it sure is dirty, as the snow melts away from the many layers of gravel and snow to be just many layers of gravel.  So you transition from mounds, piles and reefs of the dirtiest snow you've ever seen in your life to just gravel, gravel everywhere.
 
2013-06-10 07:13:03 PM  

evilsofa: Just one problem: Fairbanks deals with icy roads by using gravel.


And we do so because at -20, salt is nothing but weak gravel.

Also, somebody expressed that nobody would be interested in a convertable up here.  I disagree.  While it might not be commonly used in the winter, plenty of people still run around in convertibles, especially in the summer.
 
2013-06-10 07:30:00 PM  

Voiceofreason01: Also Fairbanks has more than three trees. There are a lot of places(even in California) that look a hell of a lot more like Fairbanks than Vallejo.


If I had to pick a California city to stand in for Fairbanks, it would be Chico.
 
2013-06-10 09:02:30 PM  

Rush Mountmore: How do you like livermore? I've lived in pleasanton for a long time. I spend alot of my free time there



Still getting my bearings, I've only been here a week.  Came down from Portland, so I'm still getting used to this whole "hot before August" thing.  But so far it seems pretty nice.  Just need to start exploring the microbrew selection down here.  And holy crap, you can buy liquor at Costco.  That blew my poor Oregonian mind.
 
2013-06-10 09:44:19 PM  
Costco is great for booze. If you like microbrews, make sure you go to Tap 25, Beer Baron (Livermore saloon is the real name), and Altamont beer works.
All run by friend of mine.

Great places to check out. I'm not big on putting my info online, but if you want to drink out there, post back.

/or go to Swirl on the Square and ask about "the guy who used to run the wine"
//wine and spirits guy
 
2013-06-10 09:50:00 PM  
Fairbanksan here.  Still more confused than offended.

End of it should have read: "Are you a hallucinating douchebag who's terrified of animals and scared of the dark?  Have we got a car for you!"
 
2013-06-10 09:57:06 PM  

Lachwen: Rush Mountmore: How do you like livermore? I've lived in pleasanton for a long time. I spend alot of my free time there


Still getting my bearings, I've only been here a week.  Came down from Portland, so I'm still getting used to this whole "hot before August" thing.  But so far it seems pretty nice.  Just need to start exploring the microbrew selection down here.  And holy crap, you can buy liquor at Costco.  That blew my poor Oregonian mind.


Er, meant to reply here. See above post.
 
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